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Sep 14, 2013 11:00am EDT
publicly available in any fashion about the history of hezbollah's covert activities outside of lebanon. if you look at the literature and before i started into this, i did, there's lots of good stuff on hezbollah. but there's lots of good literature on hezbollah and almost all of it is about hezbollah as a political factor in lebanon, and it is a political actor in lebanon or about hezbollah's as a social welfare provider and it is. or about hezbollah's activities in lebanon targeting israel, crossing the blue blue line and of course it's that, too but it's also a global terrorist group and over the years has developed into an organized criminal syndicate and if you really want to understand what hezbollah is all about you have to understand that, too and that was missing from the literature. in fact hezbollah has multiple identities. its social welfare, will shut and all that but it's other things. its lebanese, it's pro iranian, it's committed all but once to the decrees of the iraq clerics and to the fellow shia abroad and all these different things can sometimes pull so that you fi
CSPAN
Sep 8, 2013 7:30pm EDT
to let it talks about the power of hezbollah in lebanon and the a organization's activities beyond the nation's borders. this is about an hour-and-a-half. [applause] >> thank you. it is amazing to be here. september 3rd was that they way in the future for a long, long time that maybe might come and the book might come out, and here we are. want to thank you for hosting and thank you all for coming. often when i speak aerostar by apologizing for the long introduction when 1 mile. he could have dispensed with the long bio. the website on -- the buyer on my website is intended for my mother and she's not here, but she is to today. so thank you for reading the full buyout. [applause] >> there are a bunch of people in need dates that i would get to later but i want to say from the outset, it is fantastic my parents there, my wife is here, one of my boys is here wearing his favorite time. you look very good, judge of. thank you for coming. with hezbollah fighting alongside the assad regime in syria and the people wondering how hezbollah could be involved in a strike, that u.s. designatio
CNN
Sep 7, 2013 1:30pm PDT
from the syria lebanon border. joining me is my colleague brooke baldwin. >> you're next door to syria. i have a lot of questions for you as far as what you've seen in the last couple of days. let me just begin with what we have seen so far. we've seen the videos. it looks absolutely devastating. you are there. is what you've seen what you expected? >> reporter: i've been to many refugee camps around the world and as father you can't help but notice the children in a lot of these camps and sort of try to imagine what they're going through. what is particularly changing here in lebanon is a very chaotic situation. you have refugees coming across the border so frequently. after two years now of setting up these camps right along that border in sometimes some dangerous areas it's still very makeshift. they are always that way but more than i would expect. >> i want to talk about some of the people that you've met. let me first ask about this exclusive access that you and our cnn team had into this secret hospital steps from the syrian border. how did you get in there and what did you see?
KTLN
Sep 9, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. the population of oklahoma is about the same as lebanon. the resources of those two states, like the countries of jordan and lebanon, would be stressed to the max. crystal joriafa is the commissioner for european cooperation. >> imagine what the southern movement of a city that size means in terms of the increased pressure on the resources, such as education, health, security, for the countries hosting the refugees. >> reporter: and syrian refugees numbers would likely grow in the event of american missile strikes again the assad regime. many syrian christians are finding help and refuge right here in lebanon's macau valley. their churches, homes, and livelihood have been destroyed. many christians, like nicholas george, have lost family members. he owned a small grocery store in syria, but he fled to lebanon because the war caused his business to fail. >> because of the fighting, everyone in my area was stuck inside their house. they could not buy anything. it was very dangerous for me even to try to open my shop. >> reporter: nicholas and his family now live in a small, two-room apartment in
Al Jazeera America
Sep 3, 2013 5:00am EDT
and three quarters have gone to lebanon and we will speak about it in a mfl and half a million in turkey and lisa is there for us and in iraq more than 170,000. and we are on the border and joins us now. so you have seen numbers there increase substantially in the time you have been there. what is expected to be the impact of more talk of military strikes? >> well the impact of military action will mean there are more refugees crossing the border and coming to camps like this and let me show you here. when i arrived here two weeks ago the camp was a third full and you see it stretches across the hill there. and let me give you some figures, 52000 people have arrived in the last couple of weeks and i've been speaking to a few of those and what i'm getting is a sense of anger, disappointment and because this is what they face and confusion as who that any military strike will mean and they hope the strike will be decisive and will topple over al assad and disappointed the west has not acted sooner. there is a massive funding crisis here in iraq and across the region. the unacr and the refu
Al Jazeera America
Sep 6, 2013 11:00am EDT
ordered u.s. diplomats to leave lebanon citing security concerns over pending military action in syria. in a new travel warning for lebanon, the department says it's instructed nonessential staffers to leave beirut this morning. it's also being applied to private american citizens in the country. in a statement the officials say the potential in leb fon for anup surge in violence remains. the state department is also issuing a voluntary withdrawal for non-emergency staff and family members in turkey as well. robert ray is outside the u.s. embassy in beirut, lebanon. he joins us live on the phone. when last we spoke, robert, you described a lot of security outside the embassy. how are things looking now? robert, are you there? >> reporter: i am here, yes. hello. sorry about that. things outside of the u.s. embassy right now are quiet. there was a protest that just wrapped up, about 200 people that are pro-assad, lebanese pro-assad that is. they were very peaceful in their protest, but very clear in what they wanted. they do not want the u.s. to strike syria, absolutely not. that was the
Al Jazeera America
Sep 3, 2013 9:00am EDT
live reports from refugee camps in lebanon, turkey and iraq. >>> increasing cost of the fukushima plant, the government is spend half a billion dollars. the can indians are on the streets of mumbai because the hospitals are too crowded. scomplrnlt >>> the united nations says two million people left from syrian. three-quarters of the refugees are women and children. so where are they seeking refuge? over 111,000 have fled to egypt. jordan has taken in more than 500,000. nearly three-quarters of a million have crossed into neighboring lebanon. there are almost half a million r u gees in turkey. iraq has more than 171,000. our correspondence have been meeting some of these refugees in lebanon, the camp is home tom thousands of palestineian refugees. zania, it's going to be talking from the refugee intie and khan. >> sa b ra refugee camp in lebanon. it's unusual because most of the refugees in lebanon have been absorbed into the population. haven't they? >> reporter: well, no. there are no official refugee camps in lebanon. there are unofficial camps close to the border, but most of the sy
Al Jazeera America
Sep 3, 2013 2:00pm EDT
syrians now live in this country. that's a high number for lebanon, one in every five people are syrian. as you can see behind me, syri syrians live among the local population. the lebanese are complaining that the syrians are taking their jobs. they're complaining that the apartment rents have skyrocketed. some people really exploiting the situation. so there is tension, and there is also the security aspect of this crisis. lebanon hasn't been able to stay out of the syrian conflict. we've seen security incidents, bombings, kidnappings, and they do blame the syrians, their presence for the instability. the syrians in lebanon are either supporters of the government or supporters of the opposition. lebanon is worried if the west does decide to strike against the syrian regime we're going to see a new wave of refugee, and this country is unable to cope especially without the help of international community. >> when i arrived here two weeks ago this camp was a third full. now it stretches as far as the eye can see with tents. there are 15,000 refugees in this camp alone, and some 52,000 ha
Al Jazeera America
Sep 6, 2013 8:00am EDT
halls are fascinating. we'll talk to you again. >> the u.s. has ordered diplomats to leave lebanon as congress debates syria and military strikes. the u.s. has ordered diplomats to leave lebanon. the g-20 summit will be wrapping up shortly. vladamir putin will be making and address. president obama will be holding a press conference. we'll cover it all here. keep it here for continuing coverage of the crisis in syria. you can stay up to date on our website, aljazeera.com. >> a suspected u.s. drone strike killed six. pakistani officials say it is one of the most dangerous fighting forces in afghanistan. >> witnesses at the houston airport say a southwest airport took off with the cargo door wide open. an indicator light came on, so the pilot landed. no one was hurt, but the airline did a maintenance check. >> we may finally know what caused a massive wildfire. the u.s. forest service is blaming a hunter who let an illegal fire get out of control. so far, no one has been charged with the crime. the fire began on august 17 and quickly destroyed 370 square miles of forest and more than
Al Jazeera America
Sep 8, 2013 1:00pm EDT
del walters. in lebanon, syria's next door neighborhood, it has been 25 years since that country ended its bloody drawn-out civil war. today, muslims and christians co exist but the capitol, beirut deeply divided along sectarian lines. in recent months, clark have become more frequent as the conflict in syria spills over. al jazeerats robert ray reports >> reporter: on the surface, beirut seems to be booming. it's a city where construction cranes dot the deposition skyline. people relax on the mediterranean sea and every direction has ruins alongside churches and mosques. it looks like a paradise. but it's a city on edge. sectarian tensions are simmering. suspicion and fear is in the area. the conflict in syria is only making things worse. >> it's schizophrenic. we have many will lebanons insi lebanon. every community thinks of itself as a nation. those nations fighting each other >> reporter: across the capitol, various neighborhoods have sharp divisions. flags and signs show who is in control and who is not welcome. lebanon's 15 year civil war ended in 1990 and syria was left in char
Al Jazeera America
Sep 8, 2013 11:00pm EDT
on syria by going to our web-site. al jazeera.com. >>> in lebanon, syria's next door neighbor, it's been nearly 25 years since the country ended a floody drawn out civil war. the capitol of beirut is deep ladlydivides over syrian lines. robert ray reports. >>> on the surface, beirut seems to be booming. it's a city where construction cranes are in the skyline. people relax in the mediterranean sea and buildings sprawl in every direction with roman ruins alongside churches and mosques. it look likes a paradise. but it's a city on edge. sectarian tensions are simmering. suspicion and fear is in the air and the conflict in syria is only making things worse. >> we have many lebanons inside lebanon. every community feels, thinks of itself as the nation. those nations fighting each other. >> reporter: across the capitol, various neighborhoods have sharp divisions. flags and signs show who is in control and who is not welcome. lebanon's 15 year civil war ended in 1990 and syria was left in charge. but syria withdrew its military occupation in 2005 and since then the lines have become much clear
PBS
Sep 6, 2013 5:30pm PDT
, lebanon and turkey. they've told most of their diplomats in lebanon to pull out, and they're urging u.s. citizens not to travel there. >>> turkey is taking steps to tighten security along its southern border with syria. this comes ahead of a possible u.s. military strike targeting the administration of syrian president bashar al assad. the country's military leadership has dispatched several dozen military vehicles to at least two border areas and opened six field hospitals. local media quote the governor of a province in the border area as saying that shells fired from syria have recently landed on the turkish side. they also say militants have been found hiding among syrian refugees and that the border area is no longer controllable. turkey had already deployed 20 fighter jets to the southeast and special vehicles to seven border sites to test if chemical weapons have been used. the country has been helping rebel forces against the administration of syrian president bashar al assad and is in favor of u.s. military strikes. >>> the u.s. unemployment dropped last month to the lowest l
Al Jazeera America
Sep 12, 2013 11:00am EDT
. >> a few miles from syria, anjar lebanon is in a beautiful part of the bacar valley. but many people who cross the border to get here are living in desperation. >> the sadness is so deep i just pray to god, we are fed up. >> abo achmad was a taxi driver in damascus. he said the syrian regime had him arrested twice and threatened his wife and children. seven months ago they left. today, they live in this makeshift tent-city along with dozens of other families. there is no electricity, food, water and shelter is scarce. they are not alone. there are many other places along lebanon's border with syria. >> fleeing the country just on the border because of the war. deplorable conditions here. this was a hole that was dug so that all of the people here can have a toilet to go in. >> after months of heavy bombing and firefights, radwa and her husband left the suburbs of damascus. she said the children were so scared all they did was cry all day long. >> i would never imagine i would ever be in this situation because i have built a if you house. all the money we've saved, it was a very beautiful
Al Jazeera America
Sep 12, 2013 12:00pm EDT
lebanon is in a beautiful part of the valley. but many of the people who cross the boarder to get here are living in desperation. >> the sadness is so deep. i just pray to god. we are fed up. >> reporter: he was a taxi driver in damascus. he says the syrian regime had him arrested twice. and threated his wife and five children, seven months ago they left. today they live in this makeshift city, there is no electricity here, food, water , and clothing are scarce. there are many other places like this year lebanon's border with syria. they are fleeing the country just on the border because of the war. deplorable conditions here. this was a hole that was dug so that all of the people here can have a toilet to go in. after months of heavy bombing and fire fights, this woman and her husband left the suburbs of damascus. she says the children were so scared that all they did was cry all day long. >> translator: i never imagined i would ever be in this situation. because i built a new house. all of the money we saved we built the house. immaterial was a beautiful house, and we had to leave an
Al Jazeera America
Sep 12, 2013 1:00pm EDT
to lebanon, more than 730,000. and for lebanon that means one person in seven is a syrian refugee. robert ray looks at the polite of those who have fled. >> reporter: a few miles from syria, this is in a beautiful part of the lebanon valley. >> translator: the sadness is so deep, i just pray to god. we are fed up. >> reporter: he was a taxi driver in damascus. he says the syrian regime had him arrested twice and threatened his wife and five children. seven months ago they left. today they live in this make-shift tent city along with dozens of other families. there is no electricity here. food, water, and clothing is scarce. health services virtually non-exist important. and they are not alone. these small children with from the suburbs of damascus, here because of the war. deplorable conditions here. this was a hole that was dug so that all of the people here can have a toilet to go in. after months of heavy bombing and fire fights this woman and her husband left the suburbs of damascus, she says the children were so scared all they did was cry all day long. >> translator: i never imagined i
Al Jazeera America
Sep 4, 2013 6:00pm EDT
impatience and anxiety in lebanon. there's over 1 million refugees here. many here believe that that is creating a direct security and balance power in lebanon and many believe that the us should have struck last week in creating an intense anxiety on the streets of beirut. >> robert ray for us in beirut. appreciate it. coming up - a live sentence ends in suicide. the cleveland man who pleads guilty to more than 900 charges for the kidnapping and torture of three women - kills himself. >> the radiation at the fukushima plant could kill a person within a few hours. japanese officials are trying to convince the world they have a plan to get it under control. >>> hello, i'm metrologist rebecca stevenson. a relief for those in the north-east as humidity drops and cooler temperatures move in. it felt nice and cool for a lot of folks, even in ohio, when it was warm - it still felt a little better. less humidity. cleveland, pittsburg at 76. heading to maine. go north and you'll get a little cooler. maine - you are looking at temperatures in the 70s now. portland, maine at 79. you
MSNBC
Sep 6, 2013 10:00am PDT
.s. citizens in both lebanon and turkey. >>> back home backlash, here stateside the president's plan for military action in syria is now a much tougher sell as lawmakers get an earful from war-weary voters. >> hey, hey. please let's everybody calm down. >> do you really realize what you're getting our country into with this war in syria? if you attack the syrians, who do you think they're going to take it out on? israel. why are you not supporting israel on this one. we should be backing israel, not turning away from them. and second of all, this is what i think of congress. they are a bunch of marshmallows. why are you not listening to the people and staying out of syria? >>> good day. i'm luke russert filling in for the great andrea mitchell who's traveling with secretary of state john kerry. president obama will take his message on syria directly to millions of homes across america tuesday, but today in russia he was pressed repeatedly on what his next step would be if congress does not give him the authorization to attack syria. >> if the full congress doesn't pass this, will you
Al Jazeera America
Sep 8, 2013 7:00am EDT
back in 1964. >>> lebanon, syria's next-door neighbor dealt with its own bloody civil war 25 years ago. while there is mostly peace there today, the capital city of beirut is once again divided. robert ray joins us from beirae with more >> reporter: a city where construction cranes dot the dense skyline. people relax at the sea and buildings sprawl in every direction with roman ruins longside churches and mosques. it looks like a paradise, but it's a city on edge. sectarian tensions are simmering. s suspension and fear is in the area. the conflict in syria is only making things worse. >> it's schizophrenic. every community feels of itself, thinks of itself as a nation. those nations fighting each other. >> across the capitol, various neighborhoods have sharp divisions. flags and signs shows who is in control and who is not welcome. lebanon's 15 year civil war ended in 1990 and syria was left in charge. but syria withdrew military occupation in 2005 and since then, lebanon's sectarian lines have become much clearer. >> during the long civil war from lebanon that ended in 1990, this was
Al Jazeera America
Sep 3, 2013 6:00am EDT
exadus and 2 million people fled from the complex and we will bring you live reports from lebanon, turkey and iraq. also ahead the mounting cost of japan's radioactive leak and the government is spending billions on the fukushima crisis. >> some of india's poorest people come to be treated for cancer and the needs are having pressure on an overwhelmed healthcare system. >> making it in the record books this 64-year-old is the first person ever to swim from cuba to florida without a shark cage. ♪ but first united nations now says more than 2 million people have fled from syria to neighboring countries because of the conflict. a million refugees left if the first five months of this year alone. 3 quarters of the refugees are women and children. and let's take a look at how the numbers break down for each country. over 111,000 fled have egypt. jordan has taken in 519,000. almost 3 quarters of a million have crossed into neighboring lebanon. we will be speaking to zana in a moment. there are nearly half a million refugees in turkey and anita is there for us and iraq has 170,000 at the borde
Al Jazeera America
Sep 4, 2013 8:00pm EDT
. >> the situation in lebanon is becoming very alarming, it's alarming on the security level, on the social level, on the economic level, and i think that so far the response of the international community to this crisis is frustrating. >> if this violence against civilians continues like before and if there is no international reaction to it, we are scared that all the neighboring countries will be facing much bigger numbers of refugees. >> the u.n. said more than 600,000 syrian refugees are already in lebanon alone, and al jazeera's reports from beirut, the influx is creating friction between the newcomers and the locals. >> one in every five people in lebanon is a syrian. many of them have settled in overcrowded neighborhoods like this one. they live in local population, but they can't help escape the feeling of not being welcome. >> the lebanese feel we have taken away opportunities. they feel we're doing jobs that should be theirs. >> even before the turmoil in their country began syrians would work in menial jobs but now there is a competition in an already weak labor market. syrians have o
Al Jazeera America
Sep 9, 2013 7:00am EDT
. >> still ahead, they are one of the more powerful political groups in lebanon and control a huge army that is key to the syrian government's success in the civil war across the border. >> security at stake. there are new reports out that show just how the n.s.a. may have targeted three major private companies and here's a hint. you probably check your email with one of them. >> they won't be stopped now, despite a tragedy by last year's marathon. runnersen getting ready for next year's boston marathon. >> the first football sunday of the year did not disappointment, a generous sampling of nfl scores. coming up in sports. >> just to be able to defend the title for once will be awesome, and i've done so well here the past few times i've played, getting to the semis or finals. it's been really, really exciting. i'm happy that i've been able to consistently do well here. >> australian cricket captain michael clarke led his team to victory against england, scoring his first tonne. england were bowled out for 227 in pursuit of australia score of 315/7. >> and now take a look at this young m
PBS
Sep 6, 2013 6:30pm PDT
the crisis in syria. the u.s. embassy intl staff and family members are being evacuated from lebanon because of threats to u.s. mission facilities and personnel. >> there are also travel warnings advising them against going to lebanon. we look at the situation in that country and the power struggles that transcend the border from syria. >> lebanon has long since been dragged into syrian's civil war. they are battling alongside government troops against sunni rebels. the war is also being fought on lebanese territory. bomb attacks have left dozens of casualties. it has a complex religious mix. the mountains overlooking the lebanese capital are home to leaders of several religious militias. godfathers who wield tremendous political power. there are those that oppose the president and those that support him. a former lebanese cabinet minister has close ties with the syrian regime and with president assad. he says a u.s. military strike would be a disaster. >> if assad has attacked, they will take revenge. if the americans bomb syria, the whole region will go up in flames. >> political parties a
LINKTV
Sep 4, 2013 5:30am PDT
connecting syria to lebanon, suitcases packed on the side of the street. families fleeing the country. one mother says she was in an area that was reportedly hit by chemical attacks. fearing the strikes, she left with five children. >> my husband, my family, all of my neighbors are dead. damascus, isl, only 50 kilometers away on the other side of the mountain. this family is headed towards many of the refugee camps in lebanon. not talk to each other. no one must be trusted. they follow the news, what is happening in their war-torn country. >> we are very worried about our future, but here, are we safe at least? will we go home one day? >> 11,000 refugees live in this camp, and more than half of them are children. many were told they will only be here for a short. keeper of time. their parents did not have the hard to tell them they do not know what lies ahead. their spiritsep up, and a psychologist has asked them to draw a picture of their home before the war. we work on preserving the culture. they arethem where from and what they have seen. we want them to know that they will go home one
Al Jazeera America
Sep 1, 2013 11:00am EDT
, lebanon. robert, how has the syrian neighbors and the syrian moved to the white house move >> bashar al-assad came out today and said the u.s. threat will not change syria's principles or halt their fight against terrorism. so he was firm on that. they do not seem at all intimidated by it. around the region, opposition forces say intervention should occur and if it does, if it is passed by u.s. congress and it's a go, a green light, then they should actually arm the rebels even more, the opposition forces. they want back-up. now, in turkey, syrian opposition coalition calls on u.s. congress to pass this strike. they want it all to occur. saudi arabia also saying to the world that everyone must act, come to the backing of the syrian people. so, it seems that the region is looking for the united states to indeed pass this, come here, and create a strike and get this going. del? >> robert, you are in lebanon, one of the country tries affected by the situation in syria. what is happening in lebanon? >> reporter: yeah. we are in tripoli, north of beirut, about 50 or 60 miles from the syria
Al Jazeera America
Sep 4, 2013 11:00pm EDT
,000 in turkey, 170,000 in iraq and more than 700,000 have fled to neighboring lebanon, zina corder reports from beirut. >> one in every five people in lebanon is a syrian. many have settled in poor overcrowded neighborhoods like this one. they live in the local population but can't escape the feeling of not being welcome. >> the lebanese feel like we have taken away their opportunities. they feel we are doing jobs that should be theirs. >> even before the turmoil began thousands of syrians worked in menial jobs but the new arrivals are have created competition. syrians open shops and accept lower l salaries. it is something that many lebanese resent. the local population needs help too. >> their presence has changed our lives for worst. not refugees but bring their families here. the lebanese government is not taking care of them. >> but not all syrian refugees make are ends meet. a small room in this slum costs $300 a month. those who cannot afford to pay live in buildings under construction. it is clear that there are tensions between the syrians and leb knees communities. the -- lebanese com
Al Jazeera America
Sep 6, 2013 1:00pm EDT
to deliver. >> absolutely. >> absolutely. paul, live from washington, paul thank you so much. >> in lebanon the u.s. is orders diplomates to leave the country as congress debates military action in syria. the order applies to nonemergency personnel stationed at the u.s. embassy in beirut. the state department is also urging all u.s. citizens to avoided travel to lebanon siting current safety and security concerns. our own david jackson al jazeera reporting life from beirut, telling us more about what is going on here. and david, also making the point earlier, you made this earlier, it is important to stress this, the embassy itself is not closing down. so tell us what is happening many. >> the embassy will be functioning somewhat normally, it will be something of a skeleton that will be in there, but it will function as a normal u.s. embassy. that means that the friends and families rule, will take effect. and the friends and families of the people that work there, and the nonemergency staff as they call it will be asked to leave. it's all in an effort, really, to reduce the number of ameri
PBS
Sep 6, 2013 7:00pm PDT
. americans have been warned not to travel to lebanon or southeastern turkey. while that is where we're going to start this news bulletin with another sign that the tension is growing around syria. before we move on to what was discussed today at the g20. the united states has warned americans today to avoid all travel to lebanon and to defer nonessential trips to turkey, citing the potential for violence. warn warning all threats. the state department's travel warning came as as u.s. embassy, nonessential staff members were there. we can speak to adam there. the personnel in the american embassy there in beirut has been reduced town to its minimum levels. >> yes, no better indication whether there's a specific threat with the americans are aware of as led to this drawdown in numbers. but i think it's fair to say it's probably related to the anticipated strikes on syria by american, possibly french forces. also, of course, those are not -- it's not even sure those will go ahead pending votes in congress and u.n. reports and the like, kind of advice they have given is absolute actually standar
Al Jazeera America
Sep 3, 2013 6:00pm EDT
jazeera's david jackson joins us from beirut lebanon. what is the story, the line i'm reading about the assad - president assad going on the offensive? >> well that's what it feels like a little bit. we heard through the last couple of days that they have been moving equipment and personnel and men into different locations that were in residential areas, taking them away from the military bases and taking equipment from the bases and putting them in closer to what amounts to residential areas, areas far away from the military bases that they expect to have targeted if and when the strike occurs. it stands to reason that they would have considered something like that along the way because they had time on their hands, and that time was being put to use. that being said, the syrian national coalition, the sunni rebels fighting against assad's forces say they are taking advantage and they don't move things with impugn itty in the nation, they come under fire from the rebels. both sides are taking advantage of this to their own advantage. the rebels taking a clans to take shots at the
Al Jazeera America
Sep 6, 2013 6:00pm EDT
in syria sparksout rage in lebanon. sparks out rage in lebanon. >> and looking into unemployment numbers. signs that look to more rough times ahead. >> the g20 summit has wrapped up, but there is still no consensus on what to do about the syrian crisis. his big opponent is still a russia. vladimir putin said they have not produced evidence that president bashar al-assad has used chemical weapons. randall pinkston joins us, there is a resolution that has reached the senate, but i wonder if it has the votes to pass both chambers? >> that is the question, tony, whether or not it will, indeed, get the ainvolve that the president is seeking in the senate chambers. the house of representatives was always a question mark, and even a bigger one today. senator harry read took steps to place the use of force on the calendar. that will start the clock ticking today that will clear the vote in the senate as early as next wednesday. however, expect amendments, except some attempts among others senator paul to filibuster, s so we'll have to wait to see what happens in the senate. and no word on when t
Al Jazeera America
Sep 7, 2013 7:00am EDT
department has ordered the evacuations of embassies in lebanon, turkey and robert ray joins us live from beirut, lebanon. robert, what is the mood in beirut right now? i know you were at a pro-syria protest yesterday. tell us allegations about that >> reporter: yeah, pro-syria protests right outside the u.s. embassy here in beirut yesterday, another one planned again for this evening. mostly peaceful. these were people from lebanon in support of the asad regime. basically, they came out to say no to the united states and other countries thinking about a potential strike on syria. they believe that no one should get involved in this but their own people, that it's a regional v conflict and that enough damage, in their words, has been done by the u.s. in iraq and afghanis n afghanistan. they believe that america should stand back and be out of the situation. >> that's the word from the protesters yesterday. we expect that to be the word again today. >> why are americans specifically being asked to leave lebanon? tell us specificallied what the risks are. is it just a precautionary thing?
FOX Business
Sep 4, 2013 5:00pm EDT
of the assad's regime chemical weapons attack on its own people killing thousands. neighboring lebanon is opening its doors to hundred of thousands of refugees fleeing syria. fox news's greg palkot live on the ground in lebanon with the very latest. and, greg, what are you hearing from the people there? >> hey, melissa, people here in the region are getting more and more nervous as the likelihood of a u.s. military strike against syria looks more and more like a reality. here in beirut we're just about 60 miles away from damascus. that is the nerve center of bashar assad regime. we went up to the border of syria to test the mood. take a look. just up the road from where we are the border crossing between syria and lebanon. we're told last week when the u.s. first indicated it could hit syria with a military strike, this road was packed. something like 10,000 people coming over in one day from syria. now as you can see the traffic has slowed down. but we're also told, with that threat still remaining, the number of people going back into syria is small as well. refugee flow is really pi
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Sep 3, 2013 11:00am PDT
countries at a rate of about 5,000 people a day. the u.n. estimates that lebanon is already home to 700,000 refugees while the lebanese government puts that number closer to 1 million or about one-fifth of lebanon's population. nbc's ayman mohyeldin joins us live from beirut with the latest there. we've been talking about this for many days now, how the different countries there are bracing for the air strike and again this humanitarian crisis that has started and will inevitably get worse. >> reporter: absolutely. just hearing in the previous discussions you were having, the foe us us ccus is on the day of strike. the focus here is about the day after. that's really the unpredictable fact factor. does syria respond? does hezbollah respond? does iran respond? that's the uncertainty that makes people extremely anxious, extremely nervous. i think that's the question they want answered from the united states, if, in fact, it does pursue this military operation. what scenarios could unfold that would make the violence in this region more enflamed? lebanon has warned against the strikes, say
Al Jazeera America
Sep 3, 2013 12:00pm EDT
and harboring them. in fact, iraq, jord tan, leb na and turkey. we go to lebanon. >> reporter: the lebanese government says over 1 million syrians live in this country. that is a high number for a tiny nation like lebanon. it has caused tensions in this country because as you can see behind me syrians live among the local population. the lebanese are complaining that syrians are taking their jobs. they're also complaining that the apartment rent has sky-rocketed. some people really exploiting the situation. so there is tension and there's also the security aspect of this crisis. lebanon hasn't been able to stay out of the syrian conflict . >>> if it does decide, take a look. now it stretches all the way as far as i can . >> in the funding crisis here. if tlsz any potential military strike, those refugees continue to stream across the border leading to even more pressure here in northern iraq. >> we turn to peter kessler, the senior regional spokesperson for the u.n. refugee agency in the middle east and north africa. he's joining us live from amman, jordan. the u.n. is working nonstop, but
Al Jazeera America
Sep 5, 2013 2:00am EDT
,000 in egypt. 400,000 in turkey. 170,000 in iraq. and more than 700,000 have fled to neighboring lebanon. a report from beirut. >> reporter: one in every five people in lebanon is a syrian. many of them have settled in poor, overcrowded neighborhoods like this one, they live among the lollipop layings but can't help escape the feeling of not being welcome. >> the lebanese feel that we have taken away their opportunities. they feel we are doing jobs that should be theirs. >> reporter: even before the turmoil in their country began, thousands of syrians used to work in menial jobs, but the new arrivals have created competition in an already weak labor market. syrians have opened shops and accept lower salaries. it is something that many lebanese resentment he says the lollipop layings needs help too. >> their presence has changed our lives for the worse. most of them are not refugees but workers who brought their families here, the help knees government is not taking care of us. >> reporter: but not all syrian refugees are able to make end meet and rental prices have increased. a small roo
Al Jazeera America
Sep 30, 2013 3:00am EDT
to leave lebanon. they set there was an area that was a lot of syrian fighting going on, this area of lebanon. they left lebanon to go to jakarta. after five days they sent distress signals to indonesian officials. they saw their own rests drowning. if they would have known that this is what was expected and they would not have reached australia in the first place because of the new restrictive policy they would have gone home right now. >> top of the agenda, immigration and asylum seekers. there are a number of controversial issues there, aren't they? >> yes, it's very controversial, and in the last few days of course. indonesiaen officialindonesian t about it because they are worried about the country's what is if australian boats reach waters, and the other thing is, if the boats are not coming -- if they can't go back any more to australia then what is going to happen with all the refugees struck in indonesia. because indonesia has not subscribed to the u.n. convention for refugees. this visit is going to be very high profile, for sure. >> thank you. more than 140th,000 peopl40
Al Jazeera America
Sep 6, 2013 11:00pm EDT
.s. embassy in lebanon. staff members are ordered to lead. >>> the g-20 ends up,ing president obama returns home to face an uncertain future and a wary congress. randall pinkston joins us. randall. >>> syria use of chemical weapons, 11 of the g-20 member states said that they condemned and also demand he a strong international response but did not specify military action. now that he's back at home the president rejoins efforts to persuade the american public and congress. >> i now ask unanimous consent that a letter of notification relating to section 2 congress 22 be printed in the record. >> senate majority leader harry reed took a step putting the resolution on the senate calendar. the resolution including amendments could be up for a vote in the senate as early as next week but the outcome is uncertain. even president obama admits it will be a hard sell. but before leaving the g-20 summit in russia he pressed his case again. >> failing orespond to this breach of -- failing to respond to this breach of international law, they can develop and use weapons of mass destruction and not pay a
Al Jazeera America
Sep 8, 2013 8:00pm EDT
traditional allies. neve barker, al jazeera paris. >> in lebanon, syria's next door neighbor it's been nearly 25 years since the country ended a bloody siferlz war. but the country is divided. in recent months, violent has been in increase. robert ray reports. >> on the surface, beirut seems to be booming. it's a city where construction cranes dot the dense skyline. people relax on the mediterranean sea and buildings sprawl in every direction with roman ruins aside churches and mosques. it looks like a paradise but it's a city on edge. sectarian interests are simmering and the conflict in syria is only making things worse. >> this is schizophrenic. we have many syrians in lebanon. those nation fighting each other. >> across the capital, various neighborhoods have sharp divisions. flags and signs show who is in control. and who is not welcome. lebanon's 15 year civil war ended in 1990, and syria was left in charge. but syria withdrew its military occupation in 2005, and since then lebanon's sectarian lines have become much clearer. during the long civil war, this was the front line of battle.
Al Jazeera America
Sep 12, 2013 4:00pm EDT
and egypt. but the largest number of syrian refugees fled to lebanon. and for lebanon that means one person in seven is a syrian refugee. robert gray is there looking at the plight of syrians. >> reporter: a few miles from syria, anjar, lebanon is a beautiful part of the valley. but many who cross the border to live here are living in desperation. >> abo was a taxi driver in damascus. he said the syrian regime arrested him twice and threatened his wife and five children. seven months ago they left. today they live in this makeshift tent city along with dozens of other families. there is no electricity here, food, water and clothing is scarce. resources are non-existent and they're not alone. there are many in places like this on the border of syria. >> they're fleeing the country, just here on the border because of the war. this is a hole dug so all the people here can have a toilet to go in. >> after months of heavy bomb, and fire fights, they left damascus. they said the children were so scared that all they do is cry all day long. >> i never thought we would nobody this situation. we bui
CSPAN
Sep 6, 2013 10:00am EDT
,000 to lebanon. even in iraq, 2000 syrians have fled. 720,000 -- that is a really tiny country. that is like a brand-new city popping up. guest: exactly.friends in lebanon talk about how it feels like their country has become serious. -- become syria. so many syrians are flooding in. that is a massive number. lebanon alone is struggling. the amount of support to host these people -- the civil war has been going on for two and a half years.it has been going on for quite some time. to house and feed them and to find work for them as the crisis drags on, there is going to have to be some kind of solution to which againse issues. goes back to the point of their needing to be some sort of diplomatic, political resolution to it. we will just have to see. host: mike in arizona on our republican line. caller: how are you? i have a comment or two, then a question and the answer to the my first comment is, i believe that our president is over his head. as a result, because he doesn't have the strategic capability of president reagan, he has hired inferior people to make him feel more confidence. durin
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Sep 6, 2013 8:00pm EDT
.n. then travel warnings issued for lebanon and turkey. today we heard from samantha power who spoke in support of the u.s. military action in syria to present -- prevent assad from using chemical weapons. americanhe center for progress, this is 20 minutes. my topic today is serious which presents one of most issuesl foreign policy we face. it lies to a heart critical to u.s. security, a friend that is -- a place that is home to friends and partners. it is important because the syrian regime possesses chemical weapons that we cannot allow to fall into terrorist hands. it is important because the regime is collaborating with lockstep with in hezbollah. syria is important because its people in seeking freedom and dignity has suffered unimaginable horrors. i also recognize how ambivalent americans are about the situation there. on the one hand, we americans share a desire, after two wars which have taken 6700 american lives and cost over $1 trillion, to invest taxpayer dollars in american schools and infrastructure. on the other hand, americans have heard the president's commitment that this will
Al Jazeera America
Sep 3, 2013 8:00pm EDT
've got lebanon. the syrian population is extremely diverse, but most syrians are ethnic arab and the majority of arab syrians, about 70% are sunni muslims. most are sunni. president bashar al-assad and most of the leadership are mostly allowism tes who re precept about 12 percent of the population. so they became a minority controlling the majority and they rule with an iron fist. in terms, the allowism tes could be slaughtered if they win the syria war and assad loses power. as you can see from the map, the reynolds they control, mostly northern syria, red, the syrian government but there are some areas near the cities where there is some rebel support, particularly, for example, to the south and east of damascus. this is where the chemical attack happened a few weeks ago killing more than 1400 civilians. >> david, can we go back and look at the steps of history that the built up to syria's civil war >> in the 1920ses, syrian borders were drawn up with no regards to the various ethnic groups. for the next 50 years there was political instability in syria. in 1970, assad's fa
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Sep 25, 2013 6:00pm EDT
at the intersection of fashion and ancient finance. this week children across lebanon returned to school after their summer break, but where can the 400,000 syrian children who fled fighting in their homeland find a place to study? there are sadly not enough desks in lebanon for them. are so poors they the children have to earn money. our chief international correspondent has sent us this report. >> just after dawn, it's time to go. but these children aren't ordering a school bus. a truck is taking them to the field to work. they are not dressed for it. they are far too young. it's no life for a child. now these young refugees are doing the jobs of adult laborers. they cost much less. children are harvesting crops on lebanese farms. grapes, potatoes. man keeps them in line and keeps a share of the wages. it's hard work. a 13-year-old tells me his hands hurt, but he has to do it to support his family. is from a local charity trying to help refugees. what have you seen in the field? >> they are working between four hours and six hours. >> the children have no choice? >> no. work. >>y choice is t
Al Jazeera America
Sep 6, 2013 12:00pm EDT
. >>> the state department ordered u.s. diplomats to leave lebanon citing security concerns. >>> discouraging news on the u.s. labor front as the government releases new employment numbers. >>> president obama made one last push at the g-20 summit for action in syria. he said he's encouraged by his meetings with world leaders. >> it was unanimous that chemical weapons were used, a unanimous conclusion that chemical weapons were used in syria. i would say that the majority of the room is comfortable with our conclusion that assad, the assad government was responsible for their use. >> but the host of the this year's g-20, russia, president vladimir putin says the divisions between himself and president obama are still there. >> translator: everyone has their own opinion, but there was a dialogue. we hear each other. we understand each other's arguments, and i don't agree with his arguments and he doesn't agree with my arguments. >> as obama gets ready to head back to washington mike viqueira has more. >> reporter: president bim head back to washington soon. he came here seeking support for his plan
Al Jazeera America
Sep 7, 2013 9:00am EDT
, but lebanon has been through this before, an it's something that they've experienced. they've gotten through it, and they expect to get through it again. >> let's talk about the conversation that has been happening internationally, and the french could have a strong influence over lebanon and syria for over 100 years in one form and another, and how the president has been conducting itself in the eu and with the united states. >> they drew the borders and helped to put in place governments that they like and maintained a close relationship with them ever since, kind of a post colonial obligation. so the attitude to the french here has always been a combination some people resent the way these countries were created and how they were founded a century ago, but others rely on france as a big brother to protect them. it was only five or six years ago that former president sarkozy would help the syrians break the kind of political block saiblockade and siege, anw france is ready to bomb syria. they're very concerned here in lebanon about the repercussions of any kind of attack. they're clearly t
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Sep 8, 2013 9:00am PDT
countries. dr. sanjay gupta reports from lebanon. this is "state of the union." good morning from washington. i'm candy crowley. we'll bring you our interview with white house chief of staff denis mcdonough in a minute. first the shocking videos obtained by cnn documenting the chemical attacks in syria. these are graphic and gruesome and children apparently dying from a sarin gas attack. these videos have been shown to members of the senate intelligence committee to bolster the administration's case to intervene in syria. joining me now dana bash and jim sciutto. welcome to cnn. i haven't had a chance to tell you that. it's good to have you. dana, the videos. clearly meant to drive the vote. is it? >> at this point it's hard to see how it will. i'll just tell you what their plans are. as you said they played it in the senate intelligence committee. the chairwoman of that committee, dianne feinstein asked it to be distributed widely. it will be played tomorrow night at a big classified briefing in the house. and it's on the website. the problem is that of course this hits home the moral objec
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Sep 13, 2013 9:00am PDT
the syrianen crisis from neighboring lebanon. first of all, you don't hear a lot about what is taking place on the ground anymore. we hear about the chemical weapons. tell us about the civil war that continues. >> reporter: you know, you have these pockets of very intense fighting. you were just showing video there from ma lula, both the government and the rebels want try to regain control of it because it does lie along not necessarily a major route but a route that both sides want to control leading to the capital damascus. this is a war that has been relentless from the very beginning. you have big pockets where civilians have been living under siege. simply put, they do not have enough food, enough medicine. so the big cry we're hearing from inside syria right now is that part of this whole negotiation, given that this is possibly an opportunity has to be the opening of humanitarian corridors. if the u.s. wants to take the moorl high ground with the syrians and russians at the table, this could be something to test the syrian government's intent. open these much needed humanitarian corr
Al Jazeera America
Sep 4, 2013 6:00am EDT
take this kind of decision. >> and meanwhile, the syrian refugees are continuing to cross into lebanon in large numbers. that's just added to tension from locals, this report from beirut. >> one in every five people in lebanon is a syrian. many of them have suffered the poor overcrowded neighborhoods like this one. they live among the local population, but they can't help escape the feeling of not being welcome. >> the lebanese feel that we have taken away the opportunities. jobs that should be theirs. >> the new arrives have created competition in an already weak market. syrians have accepted lower salaries. it is something that many lebanese resent. the local population needs help too. >> their presence has changed our lives for the worst. most of them are not refugees but workers who brought their families here. the government is not taking care of them. >> not all syrian refugees are able to make ends meet, and rental prices have increased. a small group costs about 300-dollar as month, those who can't afford to pay live in buildings under construction. >> it is clear after talking
Al Jazeera America
Sep 8, 2013 4:00pm EDT
its concussion lawsuits with its former players. in lebanon, syria's next door neighbor it has been 25 years since that country ended its moody drawn out civil war. today muslims and christians do co exist, the capitol is deeply divided along likes. in recent months clashes have become more and more frequent, as the conflict in syria spills over. al jazeera reports. people relack on the sea, and buildings sprawl in every direction, with roman ruins alongside churches and mosques. it looks like a paradise. but it is a city on edge. sectarian tensions. and the conflict in syria is only making things worse. >> we have many lebanons -- every community feels thinks of itself as a nation. and those nations fighting each other. >> across the capitol various neighborhoods have sharp divisions flags and signs show who is in control, and who is not welcome. lebanon's 15 year civil war ended in 1990, and syria was left in charge, but syria withdrew its military occupation in 20005, and since lines have been much clearer. >> during the law civil war, that ended in 1990, this was the front line of
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